C & I Update

Explore. Learn. Thrive. 3-21-19

Need to assess DOK Level 1 knowledge?

There are times when we need to assess DOK level 1 content. How about using a self-grading google form to do this? Instant feedback to students, formative assessment for you, and no time spent grading. Sounds good and want to learn more? See below for a tutorial on how to quickly set this up.

Google Classroom update- Private comments

What's new in Classroom

We add new features to Classroom frequently. This page provides a description of each new feature and a link to more information on using it in Classroom. Check this page each month to see what we added.

To get the latest updates on Classroom, follow Google for Education on Facebook or Twitter and subscribe to the Google for Education blog.

March 2019

New features:

CAASPP Testing info from Justina:

Hello all!

It is that time of year again! As CAASPP testing season is getting close I thought it would be good to remind everyone of a few things -

First, some helpful links!

Online Practice and Training Test Portal

Manuals and Instructions

Quick Start Guides

Videos and Webcasts

If you are having trouble signing in or accessing the information you need, I can reset passwords and change permissions on accounts. If you have any issues, please let me know! I am one of the coordinators for the district and can make calls to CAASPP on your behalf if technical difficulties arise, and I also deliver materials for testing that are needed. This information also goes for ELPAC testing if you are having trouble with that too! Remember the ELPAC TOMS and the CAASPP TOMS sites are different. The highlighted links I have included in this email will take you to the respective sites.

You can call me at (530) 283-6500 ext 5240 or email me at jdanderson@pcoe.k12.ca.us if you have any questions.

Finally, the TOMS website will be down from Wednesday the 27th of this month until Monday April 1st. So if you cannot access what you need you will need to wait until the following Tuesday April 2nd.

Physical Fitness Test information- 5th, 7th and 9th grades required

Physical Fitness Test: Data Submission Process Resources

The Physical Fitness Test (PFT) data submission process generates a significant number of questions from the field each year. The following resources are available to assist in successfully completing this portion of the PFT:

SAT Prep

Thank you to our Instructional Coach, Susan Frediani, and College Board Consultant, for sharing this information with me and our Counselors during our meeting on 3/5.

Six hours of study on Khan Academy can increase your score by 90 points! Spread the word!



Adverse Childhood Experiences

Thank you to Tony Hobson, Director of Plumas County Behavioral Health, for sharing this ACES resource he received at a state conference.
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7th/8th grade math curriculum update

Email sent to the Math VT, March 4th, 2019:

I have been getting questions on the direction we are headed for 7th and 8th grade math curriculum. I understand that the last VT math meeting it was decided that 8th grade would use CPM and 7th grade would use Math Links, identifying 8th grade as the transitional year to Integrated I and CPM in 9th grade.

I spoke with Shawn this afternoon to clarify and we agreed on the following:

8th grade: CPM, CC 3

7th grade: CPM, CC 2, or Math Links

Considerations for which to use in 7th grade include teacher preference and training. If we have a teacher new to 7th grade math, I would recommend CPM, as that is the direction I see us heading in the future. CPM also has superior training and support for any new 7th grade teacher.


Fire and Flood- Project Based Learning

From Rob Wade:

As you all know we have been growing our Place and Project Based Learning efforts in the PUSD. Buck Institute for Education, recently remanned PBLWorks, is a national leader and our partner. Once trained and resourced in PBL you as PUSD teachers can use every issue, problem or phenomenon as a pathway to science inquiry and engineering design. Here is a fresh article from our training partner related to this very topic.


I am excited about local PBL in the PUSD and the PBL 101 training on June 19-21, 2019. Each grade-level team will design a local PBL inter-disciplinary unit for the 2019-2020 school year. We will have the support of local scientists during the training to help us design the best resource possible.

Independent Study Handbook updates

Attached please find a revised Independent Study Handbook. We have made several revisions based on information learned at the California Consortium forIndependent Study conference, and based on feedback we have received from the sites. Several key changes to the handbook are listed below, with all revisions in bold in the attached updated handbook.

  • Prior to enrolling in Independent Study, an SST will be held with the students’ current teachers, counselor (high school), administrator and parents/guardians to discuss the educational options available and determine the best path for the student. Students may enter the Independent Study program at any time during the school year, however, if it is deemed necessary to re-enter onto the main campus, this change will occur only at quarter or semester breaks.
  • A student with an IEP must have a change of placement IEP team meeting prior to being accepted in ISO.

  • ISO courses cannot be labeled differently on the student schedule or transcript. For example, if a student is enrolled in ISO English 11, the transcript must read English 11, without an ISO designation.

  • Students will meet with their supervising teacher a minimum of one hour per week. For UC- a-g approved courses students are expected to spend at least one hour per week per a-g course engaged in interactive instruction and/or academic tutoring/advising. This instruction and/or support may be provided onsite or through virtual means.

  • Independent study students who are not meeting the minimum requirements for attendance will be placed on academic probation. They will receive two warning letters. After the second warning letter, an evaluation will be conducted to determine whether Independent Study is an appropriate placement.

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Edgenuity- online learning alternative to Apex pilot

We are in the process of reviewing our online learning platforms in order to find one that best meets our needs. Please see below for an update on our pilot of a new vendor, Edgenuity.

New Driver Education Online Course

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Aeries Communications: Text messaging feature embedded in Aeries

Changes to Advanced Placement for 2019-2020

The College Board Advanced Placement is undergoing a number of exciting changes for the 2019-2020 school year. Please read about these changes coming to all AP subjects here. Should you have additional questions, please contact Susan Frediani.
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2019-2020 Planning

It's already time to think about the 2019-2020 school year! Here are anticipated dates:

August 13th- Plumas Academies training

August 14th- Classified and Certificated new staff orientation

August 15th- Certificated orientation

August 16th- Certificated work day

August 19th- Districtwide Welcome Back Day

August 20th- Site meeting day

August 21st- First Day of school

Adult Education

We are excited to announce that we have joined forces with Feather River College and Sierra County Office of Education to bring Adult Education to our local Communities! The Feather River Adult Education (FRAEC), is offering programs to Adults that are interested in getting their High School Diploma, GED, Job Skills Readiness and other Adult Education programs that are available. There are 5 locations throughout the County that will be available for this amazing opportunity! Please check out the website and Facebook page. Share the information with your friends!


Help us share the great things going on around our district!

Use this Google Form to share a picture of something you'd like to highlight on social media and/or to our local paper.
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Technology Integration Training Opportunities

Instructional Coaches

Our Instructional Coaches are here to help!

Yvonne: ycasalnuovo@pcoe.k12.ca.us

Susan: sfrediani@pcoe.k12.ca.us

Vertical and Grade Level Teams

School Calendars for 18-19 & 19-20

2018-2019 Grading Period Calendars

Upcoming Dates

3/21-22 ELA Vertical Team Meeting, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Quincy High School, Room 26

3/26 Electives Vertical Team Meeting, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Quincy High School, Room 26

3/27 Math Vertical Team Meeting, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Quincy High School, Room 26

3/29 Last Day of Third Quarter (Secondary)

4/4 CTE Vertical Team Meeting, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m, District Office Conference Room

Useful Links

Textbook Request Form

Technology Help Ticket

1. Visit the link above: (This has been updated on our websites as well.)

2. Select "Submit a ticket"

3. Click on your site: Example PHS or CES, depending on which site you need us to assist you in.

4. Fill in ticket details and confirm the 5 digit code before submitting your work request.

Please Note: Previous work orders did not migrate over to the new system, so we ask that you please create new tickets moving forward so that our Team can assist you in a timely manner, as we revisit your sites in the coming weeks.

TK/K- 6th Grade ELA

ThinkCentral for all your textbook resources

Curriculum and Instructional Services

Kristy Warren

Assistant Superintendent, Instructional Services

@kristymwarren on Twitter

@PlumasUSD on Twitter